A substantial magnetodielectric effect is often an indication of coupled magnetic and elastic order, such as is found in the multi-ferroics. However, it has recently been shown that magnetism is not necessary to produce either a magnetoresistance or a magnetocapacitance when the material is inhomogeneous. Here, we will investigate the characteristic magnetic-field-dependent dielectric response of such an inhomogeneous system using exact calculations and numerical simulations of conductor–dielectric composites. In particular, we will show that even simple conductor–dielectric layers exhibit a magneto-capacitance, and thus random bulk inhomogeneities are not a requirement for this effect. Indeed, this work essentially provides a natural generalization of the Maxwell–Wagner effect to finite magnetic field. We will also discuss how this phenomenon has already been observed experimentally in some materials.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Feb 2014|
- magnetodielectric effect
- composite media
- Maxwell-Wagner effect